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County Celebrates Completion of Regional Sewer Project

Posted: 5/22/2015

Mike Montgomery, Jim Holmes, Tambour Eller, and Kevin Bell Cutting the Ribbon
Participating in the ribbon cutting were, front from left, Mike Montgomery of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, Tambour Eller of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kevin Bell of the Placer County Department of Facility Services.
Photo courtesy Placer County

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County celebrated an important milestone recently in its efforts to develop a modern regional sewer system that complies with new, more stringent federal and state standards; reduces impacts on foothill steams; and capitalizes on economies of scale.

About 50 people were on hand for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4928 Auburn Folsom Road in the Horseshoe Bar area near Loomis – a site where, until recently, an aging wastewater treatment plant served the county’s Sewer Maintenance District 3 as it had for 52 years.

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PCWA Water Supply to Meet 2015 Demand

Posted: 5/22/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - At a recent meeting of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), the Board of Directors received a comprehensive 2015 drought and water supply report related to the continuing drought emergency. In the report, PCWA staff pointed to adequate water supplies for the remainder of the year.

Deputy Director of Technical Services Tony Firenzi, the Agency’s drought project manager, reported supply within the mountain water systems and the agency’s ability to pump water from the Middle Fork American River ensure the current water supply can meet the demands of PCWA customers. PCWA’s Middle Fork American River Project currently sits at 50 percent capacity, while PG&E’s Lake Spaulding system sits at 85 percent capacity.

“Even with sufficient water supplies we have a responsibility to conserve,” said PCWA General Manager Einar Maisch. “Meeting the 32 percent conservation goal mandated by the state will not be easy. Success is dependent on the voluntary actions of our customers and it’s our priority to continue to provide resources and programs that will help them meet this goal.”

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LeAnn Rimes
When asked what the audience can expect from her live performance, Rimes explained that her concerts are like an intimate one-on-one conversation with her as an artist. She looks at each performance as a way of storytelling: “I’m an open book through my music,” she said.
Photos by Sara Hertel

LeAnn Rimes Performs Live, One Night Only

Friday, May 22nd at Atlantis Casino in Reno, NV

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 5/8/2015

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW (MPG) - When asked what the audience can expect from her live performance, Rimes explained that her concerts are like an intimate one-on-one conversation with her as an artist. She looks at each performance as a way of storytelling: “I’m an open book through my music,” she said. Rimes used to follow a set list, but now she enjoys playing off the crowd. She connects with the audience and they get to know her personally through her music. Rimes has a great love of all types of music and admires the work of many artists: “I cover Janis Joplin’s version of Summertime, and that’s probably one of my favorite songs to perform live.”

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Something Smells Fishy, and It Ain’t Fish!

McClintock Amendment Stops Federal Agencies from Purchasing Scarce California Water for Fish

Posted: 5/8/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On May 1st, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment by Congressman Tom McClintock to forbid federal agencies from buying up scarce water during California’s catastrophic drought in order to release it into rivers to meet environmental requirements. The amendment was subsequently adopted as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Act. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 226-9 and final passage of the Appropriations Act on a vote of 230-7.

Presenting the amendment to the House during debate on April 30th, McClintock noted that despite extreme drought conditions, the Bureau of Reclamation has continued to release tens of thousands of acre-feet of water because of environmental mandates. “These purchases have exacerbated an already perilous scarcity of water while at the same time forcing the price of remaining water supplies even higher,” he said.

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LIFE Legacy in the Heart of Auburn

Check Out General Gomez Arts and Event Center

By Carol Guild
Posted: 4/24/2015

W. David Burns, Coppelia Burns and Carolynn Basque
W. David Burns, Coppelia Burns and Carolynn Basque at the General Gomez Arts and Event Center opening.
Photos courtesy the Burns family

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The General Gomez Arts and Event Center (GGAEC) opened its doors on March 28. Carolynn Basque and Coppelia Burns own GGAEC. But the story of how it came to be called General Gomez goes back over a century.

Let’s start here: Carolynn Basque and David Burns (Carolynn’s brother and Coppelia’s husband) are proud descendants of Ernest W. Burns, who was an early pioneer of Auburn.

E. W. Burns began hand-rolling cigars in 1887. The name of his cigars would eventually be General Gomez because, according to the Burns family, the cigar stood for liberation, independence and freedom, and was named after E. W. Burns read a story about the real General Gomez’s effort to free Cuba from Spain.

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PCWA Board Approves Expanded Water Restrictions

Posted: 4/24/2015

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors adopted the Stage 2 Water Warning condition under PCWA’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan at its meeting on April 16. The expanded regulations comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations adopted on March 17 and the Governor’s executive order issued on April 1.

“As we work to comply with complicated state regulations, we have to rely on public understanding and responsibility to successfully meet the mandated reduction levels,” PCWA General Manager Einar Maisch said. “The Board’s adoption of the Stage 2 Water Warning is the first step in preparing PCWA and its customers for any additional reductions.”

PCWA has been operating under a Stage 1 Water Alert condition designed to achieve a reduction of up to 20 percent since April 2014. In addition to Stage 1 restrictions, the Stage 2 Water Warning condition limits irrigation to two days per week and is designed to achieve up to a 30 percent reduction in potable water use. Communications will be sent to all customers informing them of the Board’s adoption of the Stage 2 Water Warning and what it means in terms of their water use practices. Additional information will be posted to the Agency’s website.

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The Rodeo Is Coming to Town!

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 4/10/2015


Board Approves New Project in Successful Traffic Safety Effort

Posted: 4/10/2015


“The Floyd” Ready to Numb Auburn

Posted: 3/27/2015


The GMO Controversy Continues

How GMOs Are Affecting the Environment

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 3/27/2015


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